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2006 NADS Conference

NADS Conference November 4, 2006
Donald E. Stephens Conference Center, Rosemont, IL


8:00-9:00 AM Registration
8:55 AM National Anthem
Stefan Xidas, Self-Advocate
9:00-9:15 AM Welcoming Remarks
M. Sheila Hebein, Executive Director, NADS
Diane Gomboz, President, NADS
9:15-9:45 AM Putting the Vision to Work
Jeffrey Stone, Self-Advocate
West Bloomfield, MI
9:45-10:45 AM Looking Ahead: What Lies in
Store for Individuals with Down Syndrome
William I Cohen, MD
Co-chair, Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group which publishes the Health Care Guidelines for Individuals with Down Syndrome,
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Director, Down Syndrome Center of Western PA, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
10:45-11:00 AM Break
11:00-12:30 PM Workshops (List of Workshops)
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch
1:30-3:00 PM Workshops
3:00-3:15 PM Break
3:15-4:30 PM Workshops Continued


Teen and Adult Conference is full

Conference for teens and adults with Down syndrome (16 and over) will run concurrently with the general conference.
8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration (General Registration Area)
9:00 - 9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
9:30 - 12:15 PM Participants will rotate through the following 3 workshops

Circles - Understanding Social Relationships
Patty Niemaszyk, MA, Special Needs Teacher

Sketching for Fun
Christine Maxwell, Young Adult with Down Syndrome

Music Interpretation
Melaine Pohlman, MT-BC, Clinical Music Therapist

12:15 - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 PM Interactive Drama and Fun
Steve Beesley, Teacher
3:00 - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 - 4:30 PM Time to Dance!
Space in this workshop will be limited. NADS' members will be given first priority. Registration will be open to NADS members only until October 1, 2006 and will be on a first-come/first-served basis, so please register early. Other registrations will be accepted after October 1, 2006.


For persons interested in young children with Down syndrome (birth - 3 years):

1. Now You're Talking: Communication Skills From First Words to Kindergarten
Libby Kumin, Ph.D., Author of Speech & Language in Children with Down Syndrome
Loyola College, Baltimore, MD

2. Looking Forward and Looking UP
Peter J. Smith, MD,
Assist. Prof. of Pediatrics
University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, IL

3. Play is a Child's World
Deidre Pate Omahen, CTRS, National Lekotek Center,
Chicago, IL

4. Ear, Nose and Throat Concerns in Children with Down Syndrome
Fuad M. Baroody, MD,
Assoc. Prof. Pediatrics and Surgery,
Univ. of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, IL

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For persons interested in school-age children with Down syndrome
(4-12 years):

5. I Want to Understand What You are Saying: Improving Speech Intelligibility
Libby Kumin, Ph.D., Author of Speech & Language in Children with Down Syndrome
Loyola College, Baltimore, MD

6. Reading Made Easy for Children with Down Syndrome
Natalie Hale, Founder,
Special Reads for Special Needs, Cincinnati, OH

7. Designing Lives - Essential Tools and Strategies Necessary to Present at IEP Meetings
Nancy Brown, Parent/Education Consultant, Darien, IL
Bridget Brown, Self-Advocate
Cindi Swanson, Parent/Advocate, Naperville, IL
Adam Swanson, Self-Advocate

8. Looking at Children with New Eyes: Sensory Processing and The Theory of Sensory Integration
Jennifer M. Rosinia, Ph. D., OTR/L
Kid Links Unlimited, Inc.,
Lansing, IL

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For persons interested in adolescent and adult issues:

9. Exploring Healthy Sexuality for Teens & Adults with Down Syndrome
Terri Couwenhoven, MS, AASECT, Sex Educator,
Port Washington, WI

10. Health and Social Issues in Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome
Brian Chicoine, MD,
Medical Director

Dennis McGuire, Ph.D, Director of Psychosocial Services
Adult Down Syndrome Center Park Ridge, IL

11. Post Secondary Programs
Nancy Cheeseman, Life Skills Academy, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
Barbara Kite, M. Ed., Pace Program, National Louis University, Skokie, IL
Carol Burns, M. Ed., Pace Program, National Louis University, Skokie, IL

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Special topics of interest to all age levels:

12. Getting a Handle on Behavioral Concerns: A Practical Framework
William I Cohen, MD,
Dir., Down Syndrome Center Pittsburgh, PA

13. Legal & Future Care Planning
Theresa Varnet, M.S.W., J.D., Spain, Spain & Varnet, PC, Chicago, IL

14a. Toilet Training Children with Down Syndrome Ages 3-8
Patti Boheme, MS., LCPC
Exec. Vice-President, Children's Services, Little Friends, Naperville, IL

14b. Toilet Training Children with Down Syndrome
Ages 9+
Patti Boheme, MS., LCPC
Exec. Vice-President, Children's Services, Little Friends, Naperville, IL

15. Stuttering and Fluency: What's Old, What's New, What Works?
Constance L. Dugan, MS/CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, Private Practice, Chicago, IL

16. You Can Take it With You - Integrating Augmentative &
Alternative Communication (AAC) into a Child's Life
Kathleen Post, MS-CCC/SLP, Easter Seals of DuPage County, Villa Park, IL

17. The Critical Role Breathing Plays in Speech Development
Donna Frownfelter, DPT, MA, CCS, RRT, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL

18. Workshop for Professionals
Developing Social Inclusion Strategies in School Environment”
Speaker to be announced

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